My focus has really shifted to goals three and six: juggling that crazy workload and finding a solution to my son’s headache.
I guess it is time I wrote a little bit about this. Fixing his pain has become a fixation.
What We Know
His headache seems like it is primarily a tension headache, which sometimes works its way into a migraine. It starts at the base of his skull and radiates outward. Oh, and his muscles in his shoulders and neck are really, really tight.
He’s had a CT scan, which has shown nothing.
What We Have Done
He’s been to PT, massage therapists, a osteopath and an acupuncturist. We’ve tried ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aleve, riboflavin, vitamin D, co-enzyme Q10, feverfew, magnesium, hot baths with Epsom salts, ice packs, heating pads and I’m sure there are few other things I’ve forgotten. We’ve even tried Tylenol with codeine. I’ve made sure he stays hydrated. I’ve had him do restorative yoga, meditate and rub his pressure points. He’s in cross-country so he gets exercise nearly every day.
We took him to a neurologist, who made us wait two months only to have us attend a lecture on headaches and then send us back to our primary care physician. (Thank you very much.)
Most recently, we’ve tried chiropractic. The doctor said his spine was seriously out of alignment. He showed me how one leg was longer than the other. He clicked and pushed and last time said the adjustment was starting to hold. Unfortunately, however, my son still has his headache – the same headache he’s had every minute of every day since about April.
Nothing we’ve done has done anything but knock it down a notch or two for a few hours.
My son says he’s depressed and asked me if I thought that could be causing it. I told him it could be, but that I thought he was probably depressed because he had a headache. Nonetheless, I’ll take him to a therapist, too, maybe she can help him to relax, which could impact his headache.
I’m running out of things to try.
It could be food, but we don’t see any corresponding spikes in pain according to what he eats, and most of the foods that would cause headache he doesn’t eat – except cheese. How can I take cheese away from my kid? I don’t know, but I will if it helps him.
One biggie is braces. He had them put on about a month before the pain started. We could take them off and see if the headache goes away. Then, I’m not sure what. He has too many too big teeth for his mouth. But at least he would be pain-free. (Oh, the expense of it all.)
We also haven’t tried any of the more serious meds. They have side effects including rare interaction with heart rhythm, problems voiding, sedation and dizziness – I really didn’t want to go there, but maybe we’ll have to.
Thursday we’ll see his pediatrician again. We’ll see what he suggests, but I just want my kid to stop hurting.
Those goals again:
1. Get fit … (Get what?)
2. And blog about it … (Well, here’s an entry.)
3. While I juggle the crazy workload that at the moment seems to be crashing down around me … (Still trying.)
4. And get my kids to eat healthily … (Today was pretty good. I’m realizing, though, that I should also have a goal that is just spending time with my kids. That’s real.)
5. And write that novel I’ve been wanting to write … (I wrote a page today. Only 300-some pages to go. Yay.)
6. And find a solution to my son’s headache? (See above.)